Failing to Act, Acting to Fail: The Films of Margarethe von Trotta (by Emily Watlington)

The Lost Honour of Katharina Blum

“How is it that some people decide the fate of others?” asks Rosa Luxemburg in the opening of Margarethe von Trotta’s 1986 biopic of the anti-war, anti-capitalist philosopher and activist.  Sub “others” for ‘women’ and this question is everywhere in von Trotta’s work.  By way of factual and fictional tales of women revolutionaries like Hannah… Continue reading Failing to Act, Acting to Fail: The Films of Margarethe von Trotta (by Emily Watlington)

Imagine (by Sarah Wood)

Imagine. I open a British newspaper and read a report that in the days following the election of the new Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro military police entered twenty universities and confiscated teaching materials related to anti-fascist history and activism – an attack on thought, on freedom, on any form of opposition. I’m lucky I can… Continue reading Imagine (by Sarah Wood)

The Personal is Political (by Erica Carter)

On September 2018, an event in St Paul’s Church (Paulskirche), Frankfurt-am-Main, reaffirmed Margarethe von Trotta’s status as a cineaste of major international note. The occasion was the award ceremony for the Adorno Prize, given every three years in memory of the Jewish Marxist philosopher Theodor W. Adorno, and awarded in 2018 to von Trotta in… Continue reading The Personal is Political (by Erica Carter)